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ODF and FIDU addresses the Italian Senate on the impact of COVID-19 on human rights

ODF and FIDU addresses the Italian Senate on the impact of COVID-19 on human rights

The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) and Federazione Italiana Diritti Umani (FIDU) are back on track after the lockdown with a real-life press conference “The Authoritarian Epidemic: Safeguarding Human Rights in Times of COVID-19”. The conference was held on 29 July 2020, at Sala Caduti di Nassirya of the Italian Senate, in Rome, Italy.

Kremlin Repression Continues. Letter of support for Open Russia activist

Kremlin Repression Continues. Letter of support for Open Russia activist

The case of Daria El Zhed, a Russian opposition activist, has become one more example of political persecution against members and leaders of the Open Russia opposition movement. This movement was founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a long-time opponent of the Russian authoritarian regime. Daria El Zhed asked for political asylum in Austria. Now she may have to face extradition from Austria to Russia, where she will be tortured and subject to unfair investigation and trial.

“The Toll of COVID-19 on Human Rights” – a joint report by ODF and FIDU

“The Toll of COVID-19 on Human Rights” – a joint report by ODF and FIDU

The coronavirus outbreak has been labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. As of 22 June 2020, the WHO had reported cases of COVID-19 in more than 216 countries and more than 8,844,171 people infected worldwide. The scale and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic clearly rises to the level […]

ODF against Russian propaganda and military presence in Italy

ODF against Russian propaganda and military presence in Italy

In response to the arrival of (inappropriate) medical supplies from Moscow to the Pratica di Mare military airport, Italy, as well as of military means and high-ranking officers affiliated to the Russian Ministry of Defence to cope with the #COVID19 pandemic (March 22, 2020), ODF, together with other fifteen non-governmental organisations, promoted a letter of appeal addressed to Italy’s PM Giuseppe Conte.

ODF’s policy paper on Central Asia published by the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

ODF’s policy paper on Central Asia published by the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the think tank of the EPP, has just published a new research paper entitled “EU Human Rights Promotion in Central Asia – Between the Dragon and the Bear”, written by ODF’s analysts Igor Savchenko, Kateryna Savchenko and Andriy Osavoliuk. The research paper consists of six sections, tackling a wide range of topics, from the promotion of human rights in Central Asia from the EU’s security perspective, to China and Russia’s influence in the region, including an analysis of how Central Asian regimes have progressively adopted human rights violations from Russia and China.

PACE adopts resolution on Poland with ODF’s amendments

PACE adopts resolution on Poland with ODF’s amendments

The 2020 Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), held on 27-31 January 2020 in Strasbourg, was dominated by two topics: the returning of voting rights to Russia (which ODF strongly campaigned against), which was suspended following its annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine, and the worsening situation in regard to the rule of law in Poland.

MEPs welcome Sakharov Prize winner Oleg Sentsov

MEPs welcome Sakharov Prize winner Oleg Sentsov

On 26 November 2019, the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) and the Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) hosted a European Parliament breakfast under the title “Ukrainian Hostages of the Kremlin: How to Release Them All?”. The event was organised upon the initiative of the MEPs Petras Auštrevičius (Renew Europe; Lithuania), Viola von Cramon-Taubadel (Greens/EFA, Germany) and Julie Ward (S&D; UK).

They’ve Come For You: Misuse of Extradition Procedures and Interstate Legal Assistance

They’ve Come For You: Misuse of Extradition Procedures and Interstate Legal Assistance

In the present document, the Open Dialogue Foundation, the Italian Federation for Human Rights, the Arrested Lawyers Initiative, the Human Rights Defenders e.V. and the Kharkiv Institute for Social Research attempt to fill the gaps in the PACE report and propose recommendations with respect to improving cooperation among the member states of the Council of Europe in the sphere of extradition.

ODF, CCL & FIDU at PACE: strengthening international human rights mechanisms

ODF, CCL & FIDU at PACE: strengthening international human rights mechanisms

During the last PACE Autumn session (30-4 October), together with the Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) and the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) we had the pleasure to host: Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker recently released from Russian custody; Kazakhstani human rights defenders Bota Jar

New ODF infographic: activities and accomplishments

New ODF infographic: activities and accomplishments

We defend human rights, democracy and the rule of law. We stepped on the toes of many authoritarian and hybrid regimes which currently conduct targeted propaganda and disinformation campaigns against us. Would you like to form your own opinion? Find out what we have done so far.

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 2019

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 2019

Between Monday 16 and Friday 27 September 2019, representatives of the Open Dialogue Foundation Xheni Dani, Joanna Cuper and Maksym Sytnikov participated in the annual OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting held in Warsaw. Our representatives delivered several statements in which they raised is

Gazeta Wyborcza reports on Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s meeting with Emmanuel Macron

Gazeta Wyborcza reports on Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s meeting with Emmanuel Macron

Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director who spent five years detained in a Russian prison, and Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, who was expelled from Poland by the Law and Justice government, met in Strasburg with French President Emmanuel Macron. An account of the visi

Our first meeting with Oleg Sentsov

Our first meeting with Oleg Sentsov

Crimean film director, Maidan activist, Ukrainian patriot and one of the bravest prisoners of the Kremlin, Oleg Sentsov has recently regained his freedom. We – along with many others – had solicited for his release for the five years he spent in Russia under arrest and in prison.

Bundestag event and meetings in Berlin with Oleg Sentsov, CCL & FIDU

Bundestag event and meetings in Berlin with Oleg Sentsov, CCL & FIDU

Oleg Sentsov, former political prisoner gave his first speech abroad, in Berlin, after being released from Russian prison on September 7. To this purpose, on September 26, Frank Schwabe MP and Manuel Sarazzin MP welcomed Sentsov and our delegation to a parliamentary event at the Bundestag.

Stakeholders and CSOs discuss Global Magnitsky Act at Italian Senate

Stakeholders and CSOs discuss Global Magnitsky Act at Italian Senate

On Thursday 28 March, 2019, FIDU, ODF, the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) and the EU–Russian Expert Group on Combating Transborder Corruption organised an international conference on the application of the Magnitsky law, at the premises of the Italian Senate.

Alexis Prokopiev, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés visited Warsaw

Alexis Prokopiev, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés visited Warsaw

Last weekend, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés and a human rights defender – Alex Prokopiev, visited Warsaw. On that occasion, he met the representatives of Polish civil society and took part in a weekly pacific protest held by street opposition activists in defense of the Constitution.

Alexis Prokopiev’s of Russie-Libertés on a short visit to Warsaw

Alexis Prokopiev’s of Russie-Libertés on a short visit to Warsaw

Last weekend, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés and a human rights defender – Alex Prokopiev, visited Warsaw. On that occasion, he met the representatives of Polish civil society and took part in a weekly pacific protest held by street opposition activists in defense of the Constitution.

Russia: Stop the prosecution of lawyers and human rights defenders

Russia: Stop the prosecution of lawyers and human rights defenders

Lev Ponomaryov and Emil Kurbedinov were subjected to shocking cases of administrative arrest for posting on social networks. In this way, the authorities continue to apply the policy of intimidation and punishment of individuals who dare criticise the actions of the regime.

Forbes: The Magnitsky Law Is Taking Over The European Union

Forbes: The Magnitsky Law Is Taking Over The European Union

As a long-standing promoter and advocate of the Global Magnitsky Act, ODF warmly welcomes the news that, on December 10, 2018 the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs voted unanimously in favour of an EU-wide sanctions regime, based on a proposal submitted by the Dutch government.

Appeal by the Civil Society Organizations  regarding an arbitrary blockade of Ukraine’s access to the Sea of Azov by the Russian Federation and the capture of 23 Ukrainian servicemen

Appeal by the Civil Society Organizations regarding an arbitrary blockade of Ukraine’s access to the Sea of Azov by the Russian Federation and the capture of 23 Ukrainian servicemen

On Sunday, November 25, 2018, a ship of the Border Guard Service of the Russian Federation’s Federal Security Service rammed through a Ukrainian tugboat “Yany Kapu”. Along with two small artillery boats “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol”, it was executing a planned sail from Odesa to Mariupol… (read more)

Viral #InterpolNotForPutin Twitter campaign reaches 19 million people

Viral #InterpolNotForPutin Twitter campaign reaches 19 million people

On 21 November 2018, at the 87th session of the General Assembly of INTERPOL, a new INTERPOL president was to be elected. According to the report of reputable mass media, the representative of the Russian Federation, Major General of Police, Vice-President of INTERPOL Oleksandr Prokopchuk had the greatest chances to be elected for this post.

Kazakhstan’s special services are shadowing activists in Ukraine

Kazakhstan’s special services are shadowing activists in Ukraine

Civil society activists from Kazakhstan and Russia who are seeking political asylum in Ukraine, have faced secret surveillance and threats from unidentified persons. The activists claim that Kazakhstan’s special services are involved in this matter.

Open Dialog addresses INTERPOL on the case of Mr. Browder

Open Dialog addresses INTERPOL on the case of Mr. Browder

On 6 June 2018, the President of the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) addressed a letter to INTERPOL’s agencies in regard to the Mr. William Browder case. Mr. Browder was subjected to a sixth international arrest warrant issued by the Russian Federation.

Save Oleg Sentsov: time is ticking

Save Oleg Sentsov: time is ticking

I am writing this to ring the alarm about Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner who is now in deadly danger in a Russian prison, on a hunger strike. If no urgent measures are taken, he will die in his attempt to liberate his fellows in misery – other Ukrainian political prisoners.

Russia deprived of its voting rights in PACE in 2018

Russia deprived of its voting rights in PACE in 2018

Success of Ukrainian NGOs. Once again, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has prevented the Russian delegation from returning to its ranks. This decision was appealed for by 40 Ukrainian NGOs and the Open Dialogue Foundation.

“Members of PACE warn Interpol of persistent violations”

“Members of PACE warn Interpol of persistent violations”

On 11 October, 2017, Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) addressed the Secretary of Interpol, Mr Jürgen Stock, and the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files (CCF) in a bid to warn against abusive use of the international arrest warrant.

The ODF discussed human rights in the post-Soviet region at the OSCE

The ODF discussed human rights in the post-Soviet region at the OSCE

Between 23 and 24 February, 2017, a representative of the Open Dialog Foundation was present at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting 2017 in Vienna. The aim of the visit was to discuss the current human rights and political situation in the post-Soviet region.

Global day #LetMyPeopleGo

Global day #LetMyPeopleGo

On 10-14 October 2016, during the 4th plenary session of the PACE, a world-wide #StopPutinsWarInUkraine action will take place and photos of political prisoners and histories of their persecution will be published on social media within the #LetMyPeopleGo campaign.

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

On 28-30.09.2016, the Open Dialog Foundation joined again the European Forum for New Ideas, held since 2011 in Sopot. The discussion on the violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts was co-organised by the ODF together with the Initiative of Global Compact Network Poland.

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

On 28-30.09.2016, the Open Dialog Foundation joined again the European Forum for New Ideas, held since 2011 in Sopot. The discussion on the violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts was co-organised by the ODF together with the Initiative of Global Compact Network Poland.

In their appeal to the Czech authorities, Russian human rights defenders made a stand in defence of Tatiana Paraskevich

In their appeal to the Czech authorities, Russian human rights defenders made a stand in defence of Tatiana Paraskevich

(Translation from Russian) Supreme Public Prosecutor, of the Czech Republic, Pavel Zeman Jezuitská 4, Brno, CZ-660 55 Czech Republic, [email protected]; Head of Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior  of the Czech Republic, Tomáš Haišman 21/ОАМ, Nad Štolou, 3, Praha 7, CZ-170 34 [email protected]; [email protected]; Minister of Justice of the Czech […]

The Open Dialog Foundation’s top achievements

The Open Dialog Foundation’s top achievements

Representatives of the Foundation follow and attend the most important sessions and meetings of the international organizations and institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg, Vienna and Geneva.

Putin’s Dirty Game in the U.S. Congress

Putin’s Dirty Game in the U.S. Congress

The Kremlin wants to get rid of the Magnitsky Act, which fingers some of its state-approved gangsters, and it’s using desperately needy children as pawns.

New names on “Savchenko List”

New names on “Savchenko List”

Due to the recent extremely worrying developments and following consultations with Nadiya Savchenko’s lawyers, as well as with the representatives of the Russian opposition and civil society we have decided to broaden the “Savchenko List” with new names and to make it public.

Nadiya Savchenko has begun dry hunger strike

Nadiya Savchenko has begun dry hunger strike

On 4 March, 2016, Nadiya Savchenko officially went on a ‘dry hunger strike’, refusing even water. Such a radical move is a reaction to yesterday’s unlawful action of the court which did not permit the Ukrainian woman to deliver her final speech at the trial.

Russia’s ignoring of European Court of Human Rights decisions

Russia’s ignoring of European Court of Human Rights decisions

Russia is one of the leaders in terms of the overall number of registered applications it has filed against it in the European Court of Human Rights. In December 2015, Russia adopted legislative amendments which means that decisions issued by the ECHR and other international courts are not enforced.

Report:  ‘28 hostages of the Kremlin’

Report: ‘28 hostages of the Kremlin’

Within the framework of the human rights campaign ‘LetMyPeopleGo’,ODF and the Civic Initiative ‘Euromaidan SOS’, present a report about 27 Ukrainians and 1 citizen of a European country who have faced unlawful and politically motivated criminal prosecution in Russia and the occupied Crimea.

Report: The case of ‘Crimean terrorists’

Report: The case of ‘Crimean terrorists’

The Russian regime held a show trial involving opponents of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Oleg Sentsov and Aleksander Kolchenko were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on trumped-up charges of terrorism

Report: France should not allow the deadly rendering of the Kazakh oppositionist

Report: France should not allow the deadly rendering of the Kazakh oppositionist

1. Introduction The political context of the case of Mukhtar Ablyazov has been repeatedly referred to in the statements of human rights organisations, members of the European Parliament and the PACE. Russia and Ukraine are not safe countries for extradition as these countries do not guarantee the right to a fair trial or adequate conditions […]

‘Batkivschina’ supports the ‘Savchenko List’

‘Batkivschina’ supports the ‘Savchenko List’

The All-Ukrainian Union ‘Batkivshchyna’ [‘Fatherland’] supported the ‘Savchenko List’, created by our experts.This information was aired during a rally outside the Russian Embassy in Kiev by Member of the Verkhovna Rada from the ‘Fatherland’ Ivan Krulko.

The war is on and requires the will to fight too, until we win

The war is on and requires the will to fight too, until we win

The recurring question, whether there will be war or not is a rhetorical one, because the war in Ukraine has been going on for many months now. We may not turn a blind eye to that – a discussion about facts is a waste of time; the situation requires action.

SAVCHENKO LIST: persons involeved in persecution of N. Savchenko

SAVCHENKO LIST: persons involeved in persecution of N. Savchenko

The Open Dialog Foundation urges the imposition of personal sanctions against persons responsible for the kidnapping, arrest and imprisonment of Ukraine’s PACE delegate, people’s deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ukrainian citizen Nadiya Savchenko.

Rafis Kashapov is still on a hunger strike

Rafis Kashapov is still on a hunger strike

The Tatar activist, arrested in Kazan, who openly sympathises with Ukraine, has been on hunger strike for almost two weeks now. Meanwhile, the oppression of people who have stood in his defence, is ongoing, and the local television stations materials defaming the activist.

Plant a park for Nadyia

Plant a park for Nadyia

26th January 2015 will be the day that Poles demonstrate their solidarity with, and support, the Ukrainian Lieutenant and Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, unlawfully imprisoned in Moscow.

Freedom for Rafis Kashapov

Freedom for Rafis Kashapov

Nafis Kashapov, a refugee from Tatarstan, demanded on Plac Zamkowy in Warsaw, freedom for his brother Rafis, detained by the FSB in December 2014 having been accused of engaging in “anti-state activities”.

The case of Oleg Sentsov

The case of Oleg Sentsov

Investigators refused to open a criminal case regarding the torture of the Ukrainian filmmaker and continue to contrive charges.

Sentsov was deemed ro be a Russian citizen

Sentsov was deemed ro be a Russian citizen

The Open Dialog Foundation received a reply to the inquiry regarding the case of Sentsov, Kolchenko and Afanasiyev from the Office of the General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation.

A written inquiry on the Crimean activists

A written inquiry on the Crimean activists

Member of the European Parliament, Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, filed a written inquiry with the European Commission regarding the Ukrainian activists, abducted from the territory of Crimea: Oleg Sentsov, Gennadiy Afanasyev, Aleksey Chirniy and Alexander Kolchenko.

The Sixth Monitoring Mission to the Russian Faderation has been held

The Sixth Monitoring Mission to the Russian Faderation has been held

13.10.2014 the 6th observation mission concerning Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot jailed in the Russian Federation, has been held. The mission members Anastasiia Chornohorska (Open Dialog Foundation) and Liliia Naumchuck (OZON Civic Monitoring) visited Russia to attend the court hearing. Natal

Nadiya Savchenko a prisoner of conscience

Nadiya Savchenko a prisoner of conscience

The Russian Human Rights Centre Memorial has cited N. Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot illegally transported to Russia and accused of the murder of two journalists, as a prisoner of conscience.

Having voted in favour of sanctions, Russia did not let her in

Having voted in favour of sanctions, Russia did not let her in

Rebecca Harms, German MEP and co-chair of the Greens and the Free European Alliance faction, was not allowed into Russia despite holding a diplomatic passport. She was travelling to Moscow upon a request from the Open Dialog Foundation and the family of Nadiya Savchenko, to act as an observer during

Savchenko locked in an insane asylum prior to the appellate hearing?

Savchenko locked in an insane asylum prior to the appellate hearing?

Ukranian pilot, Nadiya Savchenko has been transferred from the detention facility in Voronezh, Russia to the Moscow detention centre for women ‘SIZO-6 Pechatniki’. A hearing in which the court will consider the appeal of the defence, who did not agree to the forced psychiatric examination of their

IAR about situation in Kazakhstan

IAR about situation in Kazakhstan

The Radio Information Agency has published a despatch on the situation in Kazakhstan which cites a representative of the Open Dialog Foundation, Jędrzej Czerep.

Another Mission concerning Savchenko

Another Mission concerning Savchenko

On 14th September, another international mission was launched concerning the Ukrainian female pilot N. Savchenko who was abducted by the Russian Federation’s special services.

Another mission concerning Savchenko

Another mission concerning Savchenko

On 14th September, another international mission was launched concerning the Ukrainian female pilot N. Savchenko who was abducted by the Russian Federation’s special services.

Ukrainian pilot N. Savchenko to go to psychiatric hospital

Ukrainian pilot N. Savchenko to go to psychiatric hospital

The court in Voronez has decided to extend the detention of the pilot N. Savchenko until 30 October and ordered, at the same time, that the Ukrainian lieutenant is to undergo so-called stationary expert psychiatric examination in the Serbsky Institute in Moscow.

Report: The case of Nadiya Savchenko

Report: The case of Nadiya Savchenko

According to all international legal norms, the Russian Federation has no right to detain, arrest, present charges to or try the citizens of Ukraine for alleged crimes committed on the territory of Ukraine.

French media about Mistral warships

French media about Mistral warships

According to the french press, members of the party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed this week that the European Union or NATO could buy two Mistral warships which are designed for Russia.

About Risk of Russian Intervention in Ukraine on Radio TOK FM

About Risk of Russian Intervention in Ukraine on Radio TOK FM

The spokesman for the Open Dialog Foundation, Tomasz Czuwara, and Anna Maria Dyner of the Polish Institute of International Affairs, interviewed by Radio TOK FM, talked about the risks and costs of an open Russian intervention in Ukraine.

Polsat News: Sanctions: „Now or never”

Polsat News: Sanctions: „Now or never”

President of the board of the ODF, Bartosz Kramek, appeared on Polsat News to discuss sanctions towards the Russian Federation, and the Polish regulations on shipment of protective gear.

Petro Okhotin: Nadia Savchenko remains in custody

Petro Okhotin: Nadia Savchenko remains in custody

The representative of the Open Dialogue Foundation Petro Okhotin, who has currently been staying in Voronezh to observe the trial of an Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, made a comment on her case at Hromadske TV.

Urgent: Briginets arrested in Belarus

Urgent: Briginets arrested in Belarus

Ukrainian MP, Aleksandr Briginets has been arrested at the airport in Minsk. Now he remains in custody in the airport’s transit zone.

Abducted pilot talks about her kidnapping and hunger strike

Abducted pilot talks about her kidnapping and hunger strike

Yesterday (16 July, 2014) the consul of Ukraine in the Russian Federation received permission to visit Lieutenant Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian army pilot arrested by pro-Russian terrorists in Ukraine and taken to Russia.

IAR: Protests in front of the Russian embassy

IAR: Protests in front of the Russian embassy

Radio News Agency publishes a telegram informing of a protest in front of the Russian embassy in Warsaw, organised – among others – by the Open Dialog Foundation.

The conference about human rights in the Senate

The conference about human rights in the Senate

Human rights and the issue of their observance have become the subject of the conference, which was held in the Senate on 16 December, 2013. The conference was organised by the Legislative Committee and the Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Petitions Committee.

The case of Dmitriy Putenikhin

The case of Dmitriy Putenikhin

Biographical note: Dmitriy Putenikhin, literary pseudonim “MatveyKrylov”, born on Janurary 05, 1989 in the city of Gai (Orenburg District, Russia). A member of the political party “The other Russia”.